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Rob Astorino. Patch file photo.
New York Patriot April 22, 2014 at 09:00 am
Based on 2012 IRS tax revenues, 71% of all tax dollars was paid by the top 10% of wage earners. OnRead More the other hand, just 2% of all tax dollars was paid by the bottom 50% of wage earners. In fact, more than 40% of low income Americans paid no taxes at all. The tax dollars that go to pay for benefits and pensions of government workers therefore comes disproportionately, if not almost entirely, from the top third of wage earners. They already pay their "fair" share. The question here is why are government employees entitled to have 100% of their healthcare benefits and robust pensions paid for by the taxpayers (you and I). Again, in the REAL world (private employers) the employee generally pays 40% to 50% of the cost of their health care premiums (pre-tax dollars out of your paycheck) AND employers stopped giving employees pensions long, long ago. These unions are bullying to keep pension and benefit arrangements that are at the heart of spiraling property taxes. So long as we continue to elect politicians who are willing to be bullied (generally Democrats), then expect the upward spiral of property taxes to continue
New York Patriot April 22, 2014 at 10:05 am
JM - That's right!! The uber-liberal LoHud would be correct. Right-sizing piggishly rich benefitRead More and pension programs mean give-ups by those receiving them. You don't have to be a math wiz to get the numbers on this. If you pay NOTHING toward your health benefits and now I ask you to pay 10%, you are giving up some income. Most Americans in the PRIVATE sector would do anything to work for a company that pays 90% of the cost of their healthcare benefit costs and gives them a piggishly rich pension. The pension needs to be terminated, as many companies have done, and converted to a 401(k) like all the rest of us have in the REAL world.
jeff meyer April 22, 2014 at 06:28 pm
NYP, Most Americans in the private sector would be better served if they were unionized. DecentRead More health care and a DBP pension are the results of a union job. That is why the JETBLUE pilots voted to unionize today according to the Wall Street Journal. In the REAL world workers should organize and negotiate in the collective bargaining process. There is strength in organizing. JM Tuckahoe, NY
Paul Feiner. Patch file photo.
hal samis April 17, 2014 at 08:33 pm
Greenburgh taxpayers must be very happy to see their Town Supervisor once again using TownRead More resources, especially the Town's email list, to promote his latest "flight" of fancy. Maybe this wouldn't be so bad if it were not for the fact that his administration of Greenburgh is a costly one for taxpayers yet Feiner finds time to criticize other governments (NYS, County and now, airlines. Taxpayers with short memories have already forgotten that the Feiner cost them a net $5,500,000 (uninsured portion) in 2013's Fortress Bible Decision in which the Federal judge opined that Feiner is untrustworthy. The vacant 108 affordable housing units (aka "WestHELP" for the previous tenant) have not brought in any revenue to the Town since October 2011 and continue to deteriorate at the Town's expense. Prior to their 10 year Lease expiration, WestHELP brought in $1,200,000 a year in net rent or, $12,000,000 over the 10 year term. In 2008, the County requested (twice) that Feiner sit down to discuses a Lease extension and Feiner (twice) refused. Plug in your own number and multiply by 3 (years) and that is the amount that has not been collected as rent: money which could have been used to reduce taxes or saved programs. And readers should also remember that Feiner has failed to sell the town owned former Frank's site in the four years it has owned it. First Feiner tried to ILLEGALLY lease it (remember $5,000,000 for Greenburgh) but that became as quickly $0 for Greenburgh. Then there was a sale which disappeared when a local bidder topped Feiner's "favored" user's bid of $1,700,000n and a 12 year note for $1,300,000 (if) by an all cash offer of $3,500,000 with the same "if". Next came a scheduled Fall of 2013 Auction which was cancelled in Fall of 2013. And now we have a "show" about picking a Broker or an Auctioneer while the property is still under the cloud of soil contamination and an iffy zoning accommodation. Yes, Feiner needs to find distractions so that taxpayers won't remember that in lieu of proper governance, Feiner spends his time regarding matters beyond his turf. And to top the bad news off, the 2014 Town Budget contains a self-voted raise for Feiner and the Town Council. Are voters aware that the part-time Town Council members (4) each cost taxpayers over $40,000 all-in. Still this salary is below last week's Feiner distraction: Fire District salaries (fyi Fire Districts are not under the control of the Town Supervisor and are responsible only to residents in the Fire District. So once again Feiner has found a willing media destination to hoist his latest rant. Hopefully readers are smarter than the media which host his malarky. Hal Samis
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paul April 17, 2014 at 07:48 am
Too bad these company's can't be honest like the US government.
MK Smith April 17, 2014 at 10:22 am
Dump Cuomo. Dump Steve Israel.Read More http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/04/16/Nancy-Pelosi-House-Republicans-Amnesty
Willie Lester April 17, 2014 at 01:06 pm
I told you once and I will tell you agian, Cuomo can sleep through this election and still beatRead More Robbie Boy.
Big_E April 22, 2014 at 03:22 pm
That Newsmax article constantly says this is a way to circumvent the Constitution. But since theRead More Constitution grants states the right to award their EC votes any way they want, this is perfectly legal. A state could decide to award its EC votes based on a contest. Have the Democratic nominee and the Republican nominee guess how many jelly beans are in a jar. Closest one gets the EC votes for their party.
brookhavenconfucius April 22, 2014 at 04:26 pm
America is an oligarchy, not a democracy or republic, university study findsRead More http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/21/americas-oligarchy-not-democracy-or-republic-unive/
Sean Hassett April 22, 2014 at 05:06 pm
Judy: The only incident of voter fraud that I know of personally was an elderly man who voted twiceRead More for the GOP candidate. He would not accept that it was wrong and even was delighted. Just saying.
Catherine McLaughlin April 16, 2014 at 11:34 am
Wow what happened to young upcoming politicians......old blood breeds contempt! How very convenient!Read More
Catherine McLaughlin April 16, 2014 at 11:38 am
Integrity..........Laughable LOLOLOLOLO
Catherine McLaughlin April 16, 2014 at 11:41 am
Integrity..........Laughable....LOLOLOLOLOL
STAR dot STAR April 12, 2014 at 09:45 pm
The BUNDY RANCH confrontation is all of us.
frank vecchione April 13, 2014 at 08:11 am
star , resist / never submit. this is not over . we must be prepared for the confrontation , thatRead More will come. in ny also , when the tyrant in albany starts to confiscate our firearms....
brookhavenconfucius April 13, 2014 at 08:37 am
AND FRANK, WE ARE ALL ALONE, TOO ! DONT EXPECT, any of those WHINY politicians, to be with TheRead More People !
From left, Kathleen O’Connor; John McNeiece; Scott Donnelly; County Executive Rob Astorino; Jay Pisco; and Bill McNeiece. Photo credit: Contributed
Deirdre Curran April 10, 2014 at 11:15 pm
Nooooo. He put those away pretty quickly after cutting that ribbon. He's not stupid.
Laura Harrison April 11, 2014 at 08:06 am
Thank you for fighting the good fight for us Deirdre. Wish I could've been there yesterday.
Deirdre Curran April 11, 2014 at 10:19 am
Please contact the County Executive's office and let him know you are not happy about the Field ZoneRead More project.
Rob Astorino at a 2012 Playland ceremony. Patch file photo.
Deirdre Curran April 10, 2014 at 07:48 am
This is supposed to happen at 11:00am. Sure hope that whatever Legislators are there with him forRead More the photo op make sure someone walks him over to the parking lot to see an outline of the Field Zone footprint so he can see how large it is.
dita von struedel van trappyodel April 10, 2014 at 08:20 am
Well Deirdre, I guess I'll just have to wait until summer when I can ogle Mr. Scott at the RGC inRead More his Speedo lounging around the pool and smoking a cigar.
Deirdre Curran April 10, 2014 at 09:07 am
Ok, Dita, as per your sardonic wit, that's mean, but it's also pretty funny. Gotta give you thatRead More one. Ugh, what a visual. Speedos are NEVER a good thing. EVER. Uggggh.
Karen Magee. Photo credit: Jessica Bakeman, CapitalNewYork.com
smellypants April 7, 2014 at 11:25 am
We really need to find a way to abolish/outlaw the Teachers Union. They are a terrible impedimentRead More to academic progress.
John B April 7, 2014 at 01:05 pm
Congratulations Karen. I know that you will do a fine job.
eatingdogfood April 7, 2014 at 04:34 pm
Teachers unions should be abolished for the sake of public education.
BOL Majority Leader Catherine Borgia, NYS Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, Rocky’s Deli owner Greg Santone, BOL Chairman Michael Kaplowitz and Legislator MaryJane Shimsky at today’s press conference (Photo credit: Westchester County Board of Legislators /
Anne Iacobuzio April 4, 2014 at 08:21 am
Either an 18 year old is an adult or not. The age for voting, army enlistment, legal drinkingRead More & smoking should be the same. If an 18 year old is not mature enough to purchase a pack of cigerettes, then the 18 year old is not mature enough to vote for our President or enlist in the armed forces.
Scott Peterson April 4, 2014 at 11:53 am
Or be expected to register for the selective service or be allowed to enter into contracts likeRead More student loans or credit cards, to continue your thought Ms. Iacobuzio.
Anne Iacobuzio April 6, 2014 at 10:25 am
Or Scott, what about marriage, an 18 year old can marry but not buy cigerettes. How crazy is that?Read More
tedc April 3, 2014 at 10:55 am
Bad, dishonest management always leaves a pile of issues for a clean-up crew. Seems like this hasRead More been a big part of my life's work in private equity. Sigh. Anyway take a look at my "Playland's 'Brigadoon?' item with photos posted to the Patch Board yesterday. Last nite I sent it to Mr. Sack and the whole bench with my sincere best wishes.
Charmian Neary April 3, 2014 at 02:07 pm
I am willing to say that this council needs time in exec. session to clean up the mess made.Read More Litigation strategy and personnel specific issues should not be worked out in public but the courts construe that narrowly. Just because it's "related to" a legal matter or an employee doesn't give you leeway to be secretive. I am giving Joe the benefit of the doubt here. It is still so refreshing to have the last 4 years behind us -- and that includes Catherine as a collaborator -- the only minority vote more often than not was Joe. For that reason he has a little more of a honeymoon. The corner park issue is simple though. He just needs to send a crew in there to shovel up the gravel and charge whomever laid it in the first place. Then get volunteers from the garden club to make it a pocket park. Problem solved.
Anne McCarthy April 3, 2014 at 04:21 pm
Easy enough, Charmian, and it sounds lovely. It won't be happening any time soon though. I spokeRead More to the owner/realtor of 2 Central. It will be ready for lease on June 1st. Since they don't have a tenant and there will likely be leasehold improvements, I doubt a business opens there until at least July 1st. It will take several months to observe parking and traffic patterns and then the TPS will make a biased recommendation to try to legitimize the theft. We will be past spring and summer and well into fall. BTW, the owner/realtor told me -as an interested lessee- that I could have all 5 spaces in the back (plus the handicap makes 6). I asked about the tenants in the 2 apts upstairs and was told they would only have overnight use of on-site parking. Oh, goodie! Something else to follow-up on the legality of - the variances were given making sure 2 spots were allocated to the apts. The neighborhood has 2-hour parking, where will these tenants put their cars all day if they commute by train? And when they travel?
Robert Guttman March 27, 2014 at 02:34 pm
Everybody is going to claim that they want the railroad to emphasize safety over schedule - untilRead More their train arrives late.
Patrick March 27, 2014 at 09:34 pm
Nope. I say safety schmafety. My morning rush hour trains are 20 minutes late every day for the pastRead More 9 months. Step on it Mr. Engineer. I don't really care if we hit something.
Flower Jasmin March 29, 2014 at 06:19 am
Timeliness is a matter of safety on its own; Once one train is running late then the rest have to beRead More adjusted and errors are more likely.
Pat Godfrey March 24, 2014 at 02:16 pm
This bridge is massively over priced. $14-$16 tolls. It will cost Rocklanders way more to cross theRead More bridge. Where is Nita Lowey on this? Why isn't she looking out for Rockland residents and limiting the toll. All she has done is borrowed 1 Billion dollars which we the NYS tax payer has to pay back. This bridge will be a massive drain on the economy. It will stop Westchester riders from coming to shop at our malls. It will clog traffic for the next 3 years at least. Why are we doing this again?
Stevo March 24, 2014 at 11:15 am
brookhaven - You never fail to show your bigotry in your idiotic posts. What a creep you are!!
brookhavenconfucius March 24, 2014 at 01:28 pm
Thank you Stevo, or is it Sheep-O ? Was that it ?
brookhavenconfucius March 27, 2014 at 08:06 am
Earl, THESE ILLEGALS, "have not filed but are due refunds" ! Guess, we can call thisRead More ILLEGAL ALIEN PATCH, now !
First responders view the derailment of a Metro-North passenger train in the Bronx borough of New York Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Nick M. March 16, 2014 at 08:46 am
Union culture=taxpayers pay more and receive less. How much $$$ does mta get in taxes yet ticketsRead More are still outrageously expensive. Health care, education, post office, border scurity. Does the govt do anything right? yet nyers always vote for more of it. How many private sector employee receive health insurance and retire after 30 yrs w a full pension?
Tucker J March 16, 2014 at 10:48 am
They should look into the work schedules of the engineers and conductors. These guys get CRAZYRead More overtime- working 80 hrs a week. They DO get rest periods-time and a half- to sleep on the job. The safety rules are manipulated for higher pay- not a safer railroad.
Willie Lester March 17, 2014 at 03:16 pm
Take a close look at Metro North’s pension plan. So good, congress copied it. Enough said.Read More
Deirdre Curran March 14, 2014 at 09:53 am
And a notice to SPI: If you don't think I'll move forward with a Parkland Alienation law suit andRead More tie this thing up in courts for eons....try me. I know one of your new Board Member acquisitions is an Atty. experienced in that stuff (Laura Blackman) and I know that's no accident. SPI should know me well enough by now to know that's where we are probably headed if they don't abandon this Field House nonsense. They have a choice to make. Do the right thing or continue to try to do the wrong thing. Very simple.
dita von struedel van trappyodel March 14, 2014 at 10:25 am
just for the record, there are many, many people in Rye and the County that want SPI's plan. OnlyRead More the vocal minority gets heard here.
Deirdre Curran March 14, 2014 at 10:36 am
You sound an awful lot like John Abate there Dita. SPI's supporters are fewer and fewer every day. IRead More get several reports weekly of their eroding local support just here in Rye. County-wide support? HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. Good luck producing that one.
Putnam County Executive  and County Clerk both endorse Murphy for Westchester County Clerk
Donald I. March 8, 2014 at 09:51 am
Putnam County and it's residents should continue the good fight against the Journal News and theirRead More invasion of peoples privacy. Having access to and publishing the records of all legally licensed gun owners will serve no public good, but will provide a road map of the locations of these weapons for criminal elements. And as was seen in Westchester and Rockland Counties expose the registered owners and their families to home burglaries. Shame on the journal News for their pursuit of this information and their continued disregard for the owners and their families safety. EVERY Putnam county resident should cancel their subscription to this rag newspaper and boycott their advertisers. I did.
Officials unveiled the new DMV website, dmv.ny.gov (pictured here in a screenshot), Friday.
mark March 1, 2014 at 01:46 pm
anything that can be done to avoid having to actually go to a DMV office is a benefit. i wish otherRead More NY State licensing divisions had similar set ups, especially for just paying a fee
war11 March 2, 2014 at 06:13 am
If you had done your research and follow-up you would have seen that the system was down on Friday,Read More and Saturday. Sound familiar ?
SPK March 2, 2014 at 06:49 am
Fawning over a government website because of mobility access? The tragedy of Low Expectations.Read More Probably also think ObamaCare is a great advancement.